Much like how long it took for Geralt to finally meet Ciri in Season 1 of The Witcher, it feels like we’ve been waiting just as long for Season 2 to drop. But that wait is over as The Witcher Season 2 is finally here.
Ahead of the series’ premiere on 17 December 2021 (at 4pm) here’s a quick recap of where we left off in the Season 1 finale and a hint to what our favourite characters will face in The Witcher Season 2.
YENNEFER TURNS THE TIDE AT THE BATTLE OF SODDEN
If you remember, the events and eventual convergence of timelines in Season 1 culminated in the epic Battle of Sodden Hill, which pitted the Brotherhood of Sorcerers — Yennefer among them — against Nilfgaard’s forces, led by Cahir the Black Knight and sorceress Fringilla, in a bid to prevent the Nilfgaardian Empire from invading the rest of the Northern Kingdoms.
With preparations to reinforce the strategic keep of Sodden Hill still underway and the Northern armies yet to arrive, Yennefer and the mages were caught unaware when the Nilfgaaardian army launched their attack. As the battle raged on and with Nilfgaard closing in, Yennefer — who was sent to the tower to help direct the mages’ defences while fending off attackers at the same time — telepathically called out to her fellow mages to no avail.
Just when all seems lost, and at her mentor Tissaia’s urging, an injured Yennefer decides it is now her turn to save the Continent. Making her stand for one last time, the sorceress absorbed the inferno that was consuming the keep and unleashed her chaos on the Nilfgaardian army before seemingly disappearing from the battlefield.
DESTINY PREVAILS FOR GERALT AND CIRI
Geralt of Rivia has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad couple of years. After losing Yennefer’s affections and pushing his BFF Jaskier away in a moment of fury, the monster-hunter found himself thrown into a dungeon when he arrived at Cintra to invoke his Law of Surprise and claim Princess Cirilla to protect her from the inevitable Nilfgaardian invasion. When Nilfgaard attacked, Geralt managed to escape and tried looking for Ciri, only to realise that she was long gone.
Continuing his search for Ciri, Geralt came across a merchant and defended the latter from ghouls, but was wounded and lost consciousness. In his delirium, Geralt dreams of Yennefer, Renfri, and his mother Visenna, who abandoned him as a child, before waking up to find himself on the merchant’s cart.
Meanwhile, Ciri, who has been fending for herself after escaping Cintra, was discovered by old friends who turned on her. In the ensuing struggle, Ciri suddenly releases a magical pulse and speaks a prophecy before blacking out. She is later awakened by a woman she met earlier and realises that the clearing had been pulverised, with her attackers lying dead around her. The woman brought Ciri back to her farm, and that night, Ciri dreams of Geralt calling out for Yennefer in his dreams.
As fate (or destiny) would have it, it turns out that the merchant who saved Geralt is actually the woman’s husband, and upon hearing about a girl heading into the woods, Geralt follows suit, where the duo finally meets.
Ciri then looks up at Geralt and delivers the final line of the season – “Who is Yennefer?”
WHAT ABOUT JASKIER?
Geralt’s self-proclaimed bestie and marketing manager’s last appearance was actually in Episode 6, when he accompanied Geralt on a quest to slay a dragon. One thing led to another, and in a fit of anger and frustration, Geralt lashed out and blamed Jaskier for all of his recent troubles, saying that if life could give him one blessing, it would be to take Jaskier off his hands.
Hurt by Geralt’s words, Jaskier honoured the monster-hunter’s wishes and departed. However based on the trailer of the series, our favourite bard will indeed be back in The Witcher Season 2.
DESTINY BECKONS IN SEASON 2
In the upcoming season, Geralt — believing that Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden — brings Ciri to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. As for Yennefer, it is soon revealed that the sorceress is still alive but taken prisoner by Fringilla and what remains of the Nilfgaardian army.
With storylines converging and characters reuniting, it will be interesting to see how The Witcher Season 2 will play out.